He Interrupts this Program

As a boy, there were periodic interruptions on the tv and radio. They would say, “We interrupt our program to bring you this important message.”

It was a test for the Emergency Broadcast System (EBS). It was like the fire and tornado drills many of us practiced in schools. They were practice in the event of a real fire or tornado we would be as prepared as possible.

Similarly, God gives us tests. He has a teaching process in which that EBS modeled itself unknowingly most likely. Whether through divine intervention or divine intermittence, God, through the alarms of life, declares He Interrupts this Program. We may think it is horrible, but we know that God promised never to leave us for sake us (Hebrews 13:5). He promised us peace (Philippians 4:6-7). He promised us power to deal with life.If that is the case, why does God provoke or permit life’s interruptions.

When we experience He Interrupts this Program, there is one expectation for the believer. He expects us to demonstrate faith. It is our faith that frees us. It is our faith that resolves the matter. It is our faith that God can and will work through us.

We see that in Matthew 17:14-20. The disciples were out doing as Christ had commanded, but they encountered a person where what God had told them to do did not come to fruition. Disclaimer – not everything that does not come to pass in your life is a function of a lack of faith. Some times, God has a different path than what we seek or envision. Remember, it is God’s will that will be done not ours. Okay, Jesus made a point of including this text in the Word of God in order for us to understand how to respond when we experience He Interrupts this Program.

14 When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.

19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Yesterday, I had one of those life’s interruptions while at work. The seemingly perfect plan had been derailed because of an oversight on my part. It is my error. I felt horrible even sick at the impact, but God challenged me to have faith in Him. He challenged me to remember that I had prayed last July to become a Mountain Mover. He reminded me that I am in the process of writing the book Moments of Faith. God was saying to me He Interrupts this Program. Now, it is time for me to respond as David did in Psalm 3. We saw that in How to Deal with Betrayal – Part I. I had to interrupt the second part of the post because God allowed me to experience He Interrupts this Program. In that post, we learned that David contends with the interruption of his program – being king by by reminding himself of who God is::

  • shield
  • glory
  • lifter of his head
  • answerer of his prayers
  • sustainer
  • deliverer
  • blesser

Yesterday, June 7, 2018, I had an He Interrupts this Program moment. My faith was tested. God through His Spirit and Word has reminded me of how I should respond.

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

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